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- Check-out time 12:00
Our mission is to help animal rights, welfare and education flourish through true human values and connection with culture.
Rifugio Isola del Sole is a beautiful farm stay located on 17 acres of land just about half an hour from Noto, a famed Baroque UNESCO city, a few minutes from the Cavagrande National Reserve, and just half an hour from the fabulous beaches of Fontane Bianche and the Vendicari National Reserve.
Rifugio Isola Del Sole is a nonprofit cultural and sports association based on making a better planet through the safeguard of animal welfare, recovering true human values and the arts and crafts of the past.
Sicilian culture is a beautiful one comprised of many sources and influences. It is, however, behind the times in some areas and animal welfare is one of them. Many people come visit Sicily for the beauty, the sea, or the food, but few know about the large stray animal problem here. According to Commission data, in Sicily in 2016 there were 75 thousand specimens of stray dogs. In 2018, there were 90,000. Three-quarters of European stray dogs are concentrated in Sicily. In Palermo alone, every day there are 2 litters and 10 finds. Critical situations also exist in the other provinces and regions across the southern portion of Italy.
We currently have a petting zoo with many rescued animals and are in the process of building our elderly dog shelter, our ten stables, our educational center where we will offer educational courses aimed at teaching children values such as cooperation and compassion, through the close contact with animals, as well as offerings for adults including courses in authentic crafts and techniques of the region. We also offer guided activities, such as tours on horseback and visits to our petting zoo. Perhaps most importantly, a portion of the proceeds will go towards free local vaccinations and sterilizations!
“The proceeds from your stay will benefit the well-being of our animals and stray animals from the region.”
Here are some details about this beautiful retreat:
– Located on almost 7 hectares (17+ acres) of land with lots of privacy
– 3 bedrooms
– 2 bathrooms
– 220 square meters of internal space
– Large living room with high ceilings, table, chairs and fireplace.
– WiFi in all spaces
– Large family-style kitchen
– 3 patios with beautiful sunrise and sunset views
– Dogs and cats allowed
– Educational farm (petting zoo)
– Pastures to explore
– Views on Mount Etna
Bedroom 1: this is the main bedroom. It has a double bed, a small closet, TV, air conditioning, private access from the rear patio and a mezzanine with 2 single beds and safety railing.
Bedroom 2: This is the smallest bedroom with a sofa bed suitable for 2 people. It connects to the small bathroom which is shared with the main bedroom. It also has 2 private entrances that can be left open to enjoy the wonderful light and ventilation and to access the rear or side courtyards. A basement can be used to store your suitcases. This room also has air conditioning.
Bedroom 3: this bedroom is the second and largest and the only one on the lower floor. It has private access from the patio, TV, air conditioning, wardrobe, fireplace and high ceilings. It also has a full bathroom shared with all guests who use the living room.
Living room: The large living room also has 2 folding sofas suitable for up to 4 people. It has high ceilings, a two-level floor, a large fireplace, skylight, 2 entrances, a dining table, air conditioning and access to the shared laundry room and full bathroom (shared with the bedroom for 3 guests.)
Drinking water is included.
You can get to know our animals, and we can offer guided hiking tours as well as boat tours on the Manghisi river/horseback tours (for a fee).
Any questions? Nils from Socialbnb will be answering all your questions!
We will pick you up for free from either Siracusa or Noto.
Contact us at least two hours prior to being picked up
Rifugio Isola del Sole sits atop a hill in the beautiful countryside of Noto, an outstanding UNESCO town famous for its “baroqueness” and artsy vibes. Surrounded by almost 17 acres of land, it offers beautiful accommodations in a rural and yet, elegant setting. Peace permeates the land. It is truly a magical experience to be able to take a break up there. During very clear days, it is even possible to see Mount Etna, sitting in the distance. The reason why we decided to erect a sign with an ode by St Francis is because the property truly reminds of a Franciscan sanctuary. Something one would experience in Umbria, in the holy hills. It doesn’t take a religious person to understand and feel the serenity that the place emanates. It’s beyond magical, and spirits can be restored, amidst the animals, and the meditation grounds.
If you are visiting the Rifugio for either two days or two weeks, the area offers an enormous amount of rich and interesting activities that can suit everyone. Ages? From 1 month old to 99 years young! Here are some of the amazing sightseeing possibilities:
-Cavagrande Nature Reserve (lush nature reserve with canyons carved by the Cassibile river & Mediterranean flora & fauna)
-Noto (UNESCO baroque city with a flower festival in May)
-Eremo San Corrado fuori le Mura
-Syracuse (birth place of Archimedes)
-Noto Antica (the remains of the ancient city of Noto, destroyed on 11 January 1693 by a massive earthquake)
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